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GSL

Forecast systems that deliver solutions


Global Systems Laboratory

The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) is one of ten NOAA Research laboratories and is located in Boulder, Colorado. Our research improves environmental prediction models, develops state-of-the-science decision support tools and visualization systems, and uses high-performance computing technology to support a Weather-Ready Nation.

GSL strives to advance its workforce scientifically, technically, and professionally. We are also committed to increased diversity equity, inclusion and accessibility as well as a strong foundation for career growth.

GSL's research serves the nation

The research we do improves weather data, forecasts, and computing techniques used by industry, decision-makers, and stakeholders.

Our work makes the nation's operations safer and more efficient, helps protect lives and property, and promotes economic prosperity.


Public Safety

Public Safety

GSL’s models and technology help emergency managers respond to weather threats quickly.


Aviation

Aviation

Our tools help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reduce air traffic delays and increase safety.


Energy

Energy

GSL’s weather models enable the energy industry to plan for the variable nature of wind and solar energy.


Fire Weather

Fire Weather

Decision support systems and smoke models developed by GSL help with wildfire operations.


Successful Projects

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Research-to-Operations (R2O)

Research-to-Operations (R2O)

GSL has a history of successfully transitioning atmospheric research into advanced products and services for weather operations.

Learn more about R2O
Regional Models

Regional Models

We are the leader in developing and evolving regional weather models. The Rapid Refresh, High-Resolution Rapid Refresh, and RAP Smoke are just a few.

Learn more about our models
Unified Forecast System

Unified Forecast System

GSL is part of a major community effort to develop a coupled, comprehensive Earth modeling system.

Read how GSL supports the UFS

Latest News

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GSL's Darrel Kingfield is NOAA's Employee of the Month!

August 18, 2022

Dr. Kingfield is honored for skillfully navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to implement the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) Hazard Services workflows that will greatly modernize the forecast and warning operations at National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs). The operational implementation of Hazard Services workflows became significantly delayed...

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GSL staff honored with prestigious 2023 American Meteorological Society Awards

August 18, 2022

GSL is proud to announce our own recipients of the prestigious American Meteorological Society (AMS) awards for 2023! Dr. Stanley G. Benjamin (retired) received the Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Science. Dr. Benjamin has an outstanding scientific and service record at the nexus of meteorological research and...

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Study validates the accuracy of NOAA's smoke forecasting model during California's Camp Fire

August 16, 2022

The Camp Fire in Paradise, California, was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018. The wildfire claimed 88 lives and blanketed millions of people in Northern California with dense smoke for two weeks. The Camp Fire is...

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GSL Mission

Lead research and directed development through the transition of environmental data, models, products, tools, and services to support commerce, protect life and property, and promote a scientifically literate public.

Research Areas

Organizational Excellence, Earth System Prediction, Advanced Technologies, and Decision Support are the foundation to achieving the GSL Grand Challenge: Deliver actionable global storm-scale prediction and environmental information through advanced technologies to serve society.